The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 6, 2013

Carthage rallies past Mount Vernon to reach O'Dell title game

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A two-run single by Drew Bridges in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Carthage Tigers to a 4-3 win over Mount Vernon on Friday at the 39th annual Bill O’Dell Tournament at Carl Lewton Stadium.

The win places Carthage in the championship game at 2 p.m. today against Nevada, an 8-4 winner over Carl Junction.

Webb City will play Monett in the seventh-place game at 9 a.m. today, and Seneca — a 6-1 winner over Webb City — faces Mount Vernon in the third-place game at 11:30 a.m. The fifth-place game between Lamar and Carl Junction was canceled because Lamar has prom today.

Carthage (8-0) held a 2-0 lead going into the seventh inning. Mount Vernon opened the inning with a single, walk and a single, then scored two runs on an error. Zane Phillips followed with an RBI single to give the Mountaineers a 3-2 lead.

The Tigers retaliated with a leadoff walk from Jonathan Terry followed by a Miles Goade fielder’s choice. Keaton Giett reached on an error and Gabe Franklin walked.

Bridges then roped a two-run single to the wall for the game-winner. Bridges finished the game 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBI.

“We’ve been really competing well,” Carthage coach Mike Godfrey said. “We’re finding ways to win.

“It was a game we looked like we had, and then we kind of helped them and gave them three runs. It was frustrating, but it was a big emotional win to come back and make it to the championship game.”

Franklin was 2-for-3 with one run scored and pitched four innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts.

Nevada used a six-run fourth inning to get past Carl Junction.

The inning was highlighted by a three-run double from Cole Sanderson, while Grant Wolfe, Alex Payne and Easton Mitchell each knocked in one run during the inning.

Mitchell also pitched a complete game with four strikeouts and a walk.

Brett Norton, Mitchell, Payne and Taylor Manes each had two hits for Nevada (4-1).

Kurtlin Hulette and Branche McGriff had multiple-hit games for Carl Junction.

“We played well,” Nevada coach Danny Penn said. “We didn’t start the day like we thought we would. We kind of picked it up in the third inning. The pitching was solid, and we turned four double plays today.”

Today’s championship game will send Carthage’s Jordan Musser and Nevada’s Wolfe to the mound. The game will be a rematch of a 5-4 extra-inning win by Carthage earlier this season.

In pool play Friday, Seneca pounded 10 hits to beat Webb City.

Kyler Ng, Payton Rawlins and Marty Mailes each had two hits for Seneca (6-2), and Brayden Larson drove in two runs.

Seneca starting pitcher Dalan Merriman, a junior, tossed a five-hit complete game. He walked four and struck out 10.

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